New Release for Michele’s Cloette Diamond Watch Line

Written By: Kaelyn Harding

As one of the biggest name-brands in luxury apparel to date, it is no surprise that Michele comes out with new and dazzling sets of accessories on a regular basis. Most recent is the addition of the Cloette Diamond line of ladies wrist watches to Michele’s already extensive list of collections. This charming three-piece release features a whimsical assortment of insects – ladybug, bee, and butterfly.

Each of these watches is bedecked by over 100 diamonds that circle their bezels. Their faces are made of polished mother of pearl and their stainless steel bands are polished to give the most shine and glitter from whatever light you are nearby. The linked band with its small interlocking pieces also helps to encourage this effect with the added facets. The trademark Michele logo sits at the top of the clock face and the inlaid red crystal on the adjusting knob make pleasant highlights in a predominantly silver and white display. These watches have no numbering to denote the time, but instead have small metal spheres that mimic the shape of the frames and the way that the highlighted insects have been rendered.

Cloette Set of Watches
All three of the new Cloette watches by Michele. Ladybug, bee, and butterfly.

There is little information available at the moment even on Michele’s webpage about further specifications of these charming pieces, but the starting prices have been fixed at $2,145 per piece at retail value. Considering how many diamonds have been inlaid into these accessories, it would seem the money is not only well spent, but that for up to one hundred and fifty diamonds, the set price is a bit of a steal. Of course, this is not the watch to buy on a modest budget – because these watches are so new to the market, it is likely that their prices will decrease given time. However, as the holiday season is upon us, if you simply know that these adorable figures will thrill a member of your family: this is the season of giving and perhaps digging a little deeper into your pockets than normal.

Really, just when it seemed like the culture of luxury watches was growing too serious, these new pieces are a pleasure to see. The watches lose none of their flare or elegance to the somewhat cartoonish insects and what little color there is on them does not overpower the diamonds which reflect the stainless steel. As always, we await with pleasure Michele’s future releases and additions to their lines.

 

Who is “Michele Borouh” of Michele Watches?

Many watch lovers around the world have wondered, who is the “Michele” behind the Michele Watch Company, and how did she get started in making these gorgeous designer watches?  Well, I did a little research, and here is the scoop.

“Michele” is actually Michele Barouh, daughter of Michele Watches founder Jack Barouh.  The company was named for her when she was a very small child, but Michele Barouh has grown to continue the tradition of the Michele Watch Company into the 21st century. Michele Barouh

As the company’s creative director, Michele is known for incorporating her love of travel into the designs that she creates, and she brings a younger, more whimsical perspective to the collections.  She instinctively understands the balance between developing the brand and keeping the company on the cutting edge of fashion.  One of her major contributions to Michele is the design and launch of Michele watches with interchangeable bands, a development that has made an impression on the fashion world as well as the watch making community.

As a third generation watchmaker, Michele studied at Sotheby’s Institute, earning a Masters degree in art and business.  Michele now serves as the creative mastermind for the manufacturing, creativity, design and retail marketing aspects of the company.

In addition to their color schemes and beautiful designs, Michele watches are also known for their functionality and craftsmanship. Even though the Fossil watch company acquired Michele Watches in 2004, Michele Barouh remains as the dynamic force behind the brand, keeping Michele watches consistently at the cutting edge of international fashion trends.

This relatively young watch company is quickly rising to the top of the women’s luxury watch market, and it looks like with Michele Barouh leading the way, they are well positioned for continued growth.